Princeton Heights

Christy Park

Christy Park

Christy Park, according to the city website, is comprised of 16.1 acres of park land, established in 1910.  There are no official boundaries listed on that website, so I can only assume that Christy Park and Joseph Leisure Parks are one in the same.  There is actually a band of parks that start at Kingshighway and Christy and head south and east toward the River Des Peres, following the Great Rivers Greenway Trail starting near Christy and Holly Hills Boulevards.

Gateway Science Academy

Gateway Science Academy

This post will cover the Gateway Science Academy (GSA) Elementary charter school(s) which opened in August, 2010.  I say schools in the plural because there currently exists the campus at 6576 Smiley Avenue and the soon to open South Campus for GSA elementary which will be at 6651 Gravois in the former Gardenville School in the Princeton Heights neighborhood.

The South Campus is under a full gut rehab at time of publishing and that's a great thing for St. Louis because this is yet another William B. Ittner masterpiece circa 1907 (with an addition in 1917 by Rockwell Milligan).  This sale marks the first public school being sold to a charter in St. Louis history.  The new school, to be known as Gateway Science Academy South, will start with 350 students in grades kindergarten through five, according to Salim Ucan, vice president at Concept Schools. He said plans call for one grade to be added each year so the school eventually would grow to 650 students, K-12th grade. GSA paid ~$1.2M for this landmark building (source).

Behold the rebirth...

Princeton Heights Neighborhood

Princeton Heights Neighborhood

This neighborhood has got to be one of St. Louis' best examples of the "gingerbread house". Street after street, house after house have the charm and craftsmanship that make St. Louis so great. Many of the houses may look the same while passing through in the car; but a nice long walk through the streets will prove that almost every home has it's unique charm or touches that set it apart from it's immediate neighbors.